Feeds

Cisco, Fusion-io's blade lovechild in EMC flash face-off

Will VBlock partner be forced to line a rival's pockets?

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Blocks and Files Will VCE ship Vblocks - its virtual machine battery farms - with Fusion-io flash cards inside instead of EMC's VFCache memory rival?

In June Cisco entered into an OEM deal with Fusion-io whereby the networking hardware titan would incorporate Fusion's ioDrive2 PCIe flash cards into its UCS B-Series blade servers. The aim is to speed up applications running on those servers by dishing data from fast flash instead of slow disk, and also treating flash as a memory tier and bypassing the host operating system's disk IO subsystem.

Cisco could have chosen from several PCIe flash vendors, including OCZ, STEC, Micron and EMC. It picked Fusion-io.

Park that thought for a moment and consider this: Cisco, EMC and VMware are partners in VCE, which builds converged server, network and compute stacks called Vblocks: each one contains Cisco server and networking technology, EMC storage and VMware hypervisor software.

EMC has its own PCIe flash card product, the VFCache, which uses Micron or LSI WarpDrive technology. Cisco has rejected this kit for its B-Series blade servers, selecting Fusion-io instead, and these blade servers go into Vblocks.

When Cisco ships B-Series blades with Fusion-io ioDrive flash cards designed in later this year, will they be used in Vblocks? If they are not then Vblock customers won't be getting the best and fastest Cisco servers. If they are then EMC will be helping to sell Fusion-io flash cards that compete with its own VFCache products.

Intriguing question, no? ®

Begnote

PS… Would NetApp agree to having Fusion-io flash-enhanced UCS servers in the FlexPod configurations? Pretty please?

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*
$%%&amp Oh dear, we've been cut *CLICK* Well hello *CLICK* You're breaking up...
AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014
But they won't appear in SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems anytime soon
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure
Storage reseller report reveals who's selling what
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.